GARNER - Mary E. Klinge, 90, of Garner died Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the Concord Care Center in Garner.
Funeral services will be held 2 P.M., Tuesday, June 17th at Peace Reformed Church south of Garner with Rev. Harvey Opp officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 P.M., Monday at the Cataldo Funeral Chapel, 160 E. 4th St., in Garner with a VFW Auxiliary service at 5 P.M. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church.
Mary Elizabeth Klinge the eldest daughter of George and Wannie (Elam) Dokken, was born on July 27, 1923 on a farm near Kensett. She attended and graduated from Kensett High School. She furthered her education at Hamilton Business College and later became a bookkeeper/receptionist at the National Biscuit Company and Park Hospital in Mason City. On August 19, 1962 she was married to Merle Klinge at Elk Creek Lutheran Church in rural Kensett. The couple farmed west of Klemme from 1962 until they retired in 1988. Merle and Mary then built a home in Clear Lake where they enjoyed entertaining family and friends. Mary also enjoyed going on bus tours around the country with Merle, playing cards, fishing, cross stitching, playing the piano by ear, and making many beautiful quilts.
She was a member of the Peace Reformed Church in Garner, Women's Missionary Society and taught Sunday school. She was also a member of the Liberty Township Homemaker's Club and a life member of the Garner VFW Auxiliary.
Mary is survived by her husband, Merle Klinge of Garner; sisters, Hazel Erickson and Juanita (Dutch) Bolinger; brothers, James (Arlys) Dokken, Truman (Donna) Dokken, Donald (LaVonne) Dokken, Wilford (Karen) Dokken, Reuben Dokken and Melvin Dokken; a sister-in-law, Martha Slining; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Leslie Dokken; an infant sister, Barbara Dokken; and an infant brother, Sam Dokken.